Simplified placement exams save time by going digital

An innovation born out of necessity during the pandemic has led Information and Technology Services, the LSA Language Resource Center and the Registrar’s Office to address an ongoing challenge with language placement exams: time. The teams partnered to move four placement exams — German, Chinese, Italian and Latin — to an online format in Canvas. This sped up… Read More »

UMTurk interface simplifies tasks, wins teaching innovation award

UMTurk, a new way to collect data online and in real time using Amazon Mechanical Turk, was developed in a partnership with faculty from the Department of Psychology and staff from LSA Technology Services.  UMTurk is a simple interface that allows instructors to set up new tasks in a matter of seconds. Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) is used… Read More »

Using machine learning to study wildlife refuge wetlands habitats

A U-M School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) student team is working with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge to study how fish move through different wetland habitats. Their work is primarily dependent on being in the field, but in March the pandemic delayed fieldwork. In June, the team of SEAS master students was allowed to begin socially distant… Read More »

3-2-1…blast off! COE students use ARC-TS HPC clusters for rocket design

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is a student-run engineering team at U-M that has been designing, building, and launching rockets since its inception in 2003. Since late 2017, MASA has focused on developing liquid-bipropellant rockets—which are rockets that react to a liquid fuel with a liquid oxidizer to produce thrust—in an effort to remain at the forefront… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Brandon Werner—Costar for success

Brandon Werner is a screen reader specialist at the University of Michigan, where he ensures blind students have what they need in order to be successful in life and throughout college. Alongside his work as a screen reader specialist, Brandon reviews university websites like Canvas and Google to make sure they work with the screen readers and other… Read More »

Profiles in IT: Jackie Wolf—User experience advocate

Jackie Wolf is a web project manager and an user experience specialist for Michigan Medicine Department of Communication. Primarily she and her team build and support websites for Michigan Medicine. She also ensures that the web technology is robust, flexible, accessible, and secure. Collectively, the team gathers data to look for lessons about how frequently the content is… Read More »